Sunday, August 26, 2012
TV: Highlights BBC ONE Match Of The Day
Stoke (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Kightly, Whealan, Delap, Wilson, Walters, Crouch
Out: Dean Whitehead (suspended)
Test: Jermaine Pennant (thigh)
Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Vermalen, Jenkinson, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Walcott, Podolski
Out: Laurent Koscielny (calf), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Jack Wilshere
(ankle), Bacary Sagna (broken leg).
Test: Wojciech Szczesny (rib)
Arsenal will assess goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has a minor rib problem, ahead of Sunday's trip to Stoke, but England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle) is fit again, along with reserve keeper Lukasz Fabianski (back).
Stoke's American summer signing Geoff Cameron is available and should begin training with his new side today after he was cleared to enter the country on Thursday, while Jermaine Pennant could return from injury.
The Britannia Stadium has been an unforgiving venue for Arsène Wenger ever since Stoke's elevation to the Premier League and Arsenal's manager has frequently departed the Potteries nursing a burning sense of injustice. Wenger's team are in transition after a summer of change and this will be the ultimate test of their credentials. This is always a game Tony Pulis looks forward to and he will relish the challenge to earn a fourth home win in six attempts against Arsenal. Dean Whitehead is suspended
Referee: Lee Mason. Matches (last season): 33, Red cards: 5, Yellow cards: 135
Stat of the game: Stoke have scored first in all five games they have played against Arsenal at the Britannia under Tony Pulis.
Prediction: 2-1, John Percy.